Your Fire Protection specialist
Since your chimney is one of the major barriers to fire danger in your home (and consequently one of the primary sources of fire outbreaks), when a problem occurs chimney repair is of utmost importance. Reducing the severity and frequency of chimney repair is about three things: inspection, inspection, inspection. Identifying areas in need of chimney repair from the outside often requires someone to climb up to the roof to spot areas in need of repair. Chimney service companies are often better able to identify and handle problems in these harder to reach areas. Keep in mind that unsafe chimneys account for over $200 million dollars in damage and a number of deaths each year. To lower these statistics, The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that every home with a chimney have an annual inspection to ensure optimal safety. Whether you suspect you may be in need of a repair job or are just due for a regular checkup, contacting a certified chimney repair specialist to inspect your chimney, identify existing problems, and perform necessary cleaning or repairs can be very beneficial. Not only do the pros know what they are looking for and understand how to fix it, they can also offer good advice to prevent future problems; when a chimney repair service finds and fixes a problem early, hiring that service is actually saving you money (and quite possibly a lot of hassle) in the long run!
Chimney Maintenance is as follows:
Repointing is the process of renewing the 'pointing, which is the external part of mortar joints, in masonry construction. Over time, weathering and decay cause voids in the joints between masonry units, usually in bricks, allowing the undesirable entrance of water.
The basic idea behind tuckpointing is that damaged mortar is removed, and it is replaced with fresh mortar. Tuckpointing a red brick chimney involves the following basic steps: Grounding or routing out the old mortar at a uniform depth.
Waterproof Your Chimney:
Most masonry materials are porous and will absorb large amounts of water. Common brick is like a sponge, absorbing water and wicking moisture to the chimney interior. Defective mortar joints or the use of improper mortar or brick can greatly increase the tendency to absorb and convey water to the interior of the masonry chimney. Water penetration can cause interior and exterior damage to your home and masonry chimney including:,Rusted damper assemblies, Deteriorated metal or masonry firebox assemblies, Rusted fireplace accessories and glass doors, Rotting adjacent wood and ruined wall coverings, Water stained walls and ceiling, Clogged clean out area, Deteriorated central heating system, Stained chimney exterior, Decayed exterior mortar, Cracked or deteriorated flue lining system, Collapsed hearth support, Tilted or collapsed chimney structure, Chimney settlement.
Proper chimney maintenance will save you in the end!
Proper Chimney Flashing